Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review

Posted by B. Johnson
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back!

Despite being a not really popular tablet brand, it’s actually interesting to review some of Lenovo homemade tablets.

Some of these Lenovo tablets may not have great gaming performance as other today’s rivals, however, given that most of Lenovo IdeaPad tablets are rocking the Tegra processors – either Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 -, then some of them are still worth considering even if you’re looking for a good gaming tablet.

Anyway, in the past few days, i’ve been showing you guys some of Lenovo-branded tablets on this website.

Unfortunately, i didn’t manage to review all of Lenovo tablets on this site due to the lack of information – from spec sheet, video reviews and gaming performance reviews – of all Lenovo tablets around the net.

But the good thing is, from some of Lenovo tablets that i managed to review on this site, many of them are good for gaming, if not great – like Lenovo ThinkPad, Lenovo IdeaPad K1 or Lenovo IdeaPad S2.

Today, i want to keep the momentum going by reviewing another Lenovo tablet powered by a Tegra processor.

The one i’m about to show you today is called Lenovo IdeaTab K2, which of course the sequel - or successor, if you would -, of the previous-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1, which i’ve already showed you a couple of days ago.

This tablet is actually still “on the same page” with the predecessor, especially on the screen size and its resolution, the type of processor, the amount of RAM and some other more.

However, given that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is the sequel of the Lenovo IdeaTab K1, then it’s so obvious that this next-gen model will bring some bumped-up sectors here and there on its hardware.

Well, what do you think? Are you interested to know more about this device? If you are, then here you go, my personal impression of Lenovo IdeaTab K2.

In this review, i’ll talk a lot mostly about its gaming performance and which games that would work perfectly on this tablet, not the whole thing about this tablet of course.

Introduction

The predecessor - Lenovo IdeaTab K1 – in my personal opinion, is actually a good quality tablet.

I mean, even though it’s still using the ‘outdated’ Tegra 2 dual-core processor, there are still many things to be liked from this tablet – from its 720p display, its fast processor, its complete set of cameras (5MP + 2MP with autofocus and LED flash) and the most importantly, its huge 7400mAh power battery.

So if the predecessor of Lenovo IdeaTab K2 already looks impressive on paper, then hopefully we can expect the same thing on the sequel.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review
Lenovo IdeaTab K2
And apparently, that is so correct because on this sequel, there are many sectors on the predecessor that get bumped up to the higher level – from:
  • its 720p display that now gets upgraded to 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display,
  • its Tegra 2 that now gets replaced with Tegra 3 quad-core processor,
  • the 5MP camera that now gets updated with higher quality 8MP camera (although bigger MP doesn’t mean better photo/video quality, i know that)
  • and some other parts that are better than on the predecessor.
Lenovo IdeaTab K2 Gaming Performance Review

Unfortunately, i haven’t managed to find out about the exact battery capacity that powers this device.

I really hope that its battery is the same huge 7400mAh battery just like on the predecessor or even bigger than that because with the bumped up 1080p display and quad-core Tegra 3 processor, this tablet is definitely gonna need much bigger horsepower to keep its engine going for long long hours, especially for users who love watching movies/TV shows or playing games.

But the questions are, with all of these bumped up specs, does Lenovo IdeaTab K2 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other members on today’s tablet market, like iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab S/Tab Pro/Note 10.1, Google Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or even its own sibling, like Lenovo Yoga series?

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

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  • 3G Network
  • 10.1 inch Display 1080p IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 Million Colors & 1920 X 1200 Pixels
  • Proximity, Light, Accelerometer and auto turn-off sensors
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • NVidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • HTML, xHTML, WAP 2.0, Flash Browser
  • 8 MP Camera with LED Flash, Auto Focus
  • 1.3 Megapixels
  • 1920 x 1200 pixel Video Recording Capability
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • GPS
  • Li-Ion Standard battery
  • Colors Black
From the hardware standpoint, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 definitely still deserves to be positioned alongside other rivals around today’s tablet market - like Sony Xperia Z, LG G Pad 8.3, Google Nexus 7 or Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 – especially in terms of entire specs (like 1080p display, 8MP camera with LED flash, etc).

But of course, this tablet is not “on the same page” with those rivals in terms of performance.

Despite being a powerful quad-core processor with 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, Tegra 3 processor is already considered as ‘outdated’ for today’s standards and not on par anymore with today’s flagship mobile chipsets – like Snapdragon 800/600, Apple’s A7 or even its own siblings, Tegra 4 and Tegra K1.

So when it comes to performance, this Lenovo tablet will not be as great as other 10-inch flagship tablets on today’s tablet market.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2 features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 8MP rear-camera with LED flash and autofocus, 1.3MP camera on the front-side, 3G cellular support and a couple of other basic features like Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and some other more.

And that’s on the hardware side.

On the software side, this device comes pre-installed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and stock Android UI with Lenovo custom skins and icons, but not as aggressive as Samsung with its TouchWiz on GALAXY devices.

Screen

As a media-consumption tablet, there’s no single doubt that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is a great device for that matter.

And that’s thanks to its high-resolution 1080p display that looks really sharp on its 10.1-inch display.

So reading contents like books/magazines, browsing the web, watching HD movies, checking out photos or operating the UI will be satisfying because everything that you throw on the screen will look sharp and crisp, decreasing the needs to do pinch-to-zoom gesture especially when reading books or browsing the web.

The good thing is, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which is adequate and a perfect match for that high-resolution display.

User Interface

Just like any other Android tablets with stock Android UI of Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 also looks and works similar.

It has the standard homescreen that you can fill with widgets, live wallpaper, app shortcuts, etc, and then there are also the standard notification and setting windows on the right and left top respectively, which can be activated by dragging the screen from the top side to bottom.

The good thing is, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 comes with stock Android UI with less-aggressive customizations from the manufacturer, meaning that its performance will be fast and smooth, the available free RAM will be bigger and the battery life could last much longer.

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In terms of performance, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 will scream a lot in that department.

Thanks to the quad-core Tegra 3 processor inside this device – which is still considered as one powerful chipset even for today’s standards – clocked at 1.2GHz per core, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, this tablet is just more than capable to execute any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet, even all at once.

However, given that this tablet is sporting the 1080p resolution display (1920x1200 pixels), then the overall performance of this device might not be as great and smooth as other Tegra 3 tablets with lower 720p resolution display - like the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7 or HP Slate 7 Plus.

But that’s not going to hold back this tablet to perform in buttery smooth performance when doing some basic tasks like watching HD movies, reading contents like books or magazines, browsing some heavy web pages, checking out photos or editing documents.

Meanwhile, when it comes to playing games, this tablet will also be good, if not great, for that matter.

And that’s when the 12-core GeForce ULP GPU inside its Tegra quad-core chipset shows off all of its power.

Many games – even the latest and most graphically demanding ones definitely would run perfectly and in full graphics on this tablet – like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City, GTA III, Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3 or Real Racing 3.

However, given its higher-resolution 1080p display, i don’t think all of these games – like Modern Combat 4 or GTA Vice City - would run smoothly in full highest graphics.

The other newest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 definitely won’t perform perfectly in full graphics on this tablet.

But thankfully, some of these games provide users the options to set the graphics to even the lowest level, so you’ll probably have luck in playing these heavy games smoothly on this tablet.

As a gaming tablet, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is definitely a pretty good device for that matter.

It’s capable to handle most of the latest graphics intense games in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

But then again, given that this tablet is sporting a higher-resolution 1080p display, i have doubts that all of the games aforementioned above would run seamlessly in full graphics.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Lenovo IdeaTab K2, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

In the battery department, unfortunately, i haven’t managed to find out about the battery capacity nor battery life of this tablet.

But given the fact that the predecessor is powered by a huge 7400mAh power battery, then this sequel probably still inherits the same huge battery capacity just like the previous-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1.

Besides, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is now sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a higher-resolution 1080p display – as opposed to the dual-core Tegra 2 and 720p display on the predecessor -, and this requires a huge or even bigger battery capacity than the predecessor.

So i believe Lenovo IdeaTab K2 still inherits the same huge battery of the predecessor.

Well, if that’s true, then you can expect this tablet to deliver you an all-day-long battery life just like the predecessor, even in heavy usage.

But of course, that’s only going to happen if you’re not a power user.

If you are a power user and will likely use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row, then this tablet probably could last only around 5 to 7 hours the longest, given its higher-resolution 1080p display and quad-core processor.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still a good gaming tablet just like its predecessor, if not the best.

As a matter of fact, it’s so obvious that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is much better than the predecessor mostly given its bumped up specs here and there on the hardware – like a higher 1080p display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a higher quality 8MP camera, a newer Android software and some other things that make it a better offering than the predecessor.

It goes the same in terms of gaming performance.

Compared to the first-gen Lenovo IdeaTab K1, it’s no brainer that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 will have much better and more powerful gaming performance than the predecessor.

In fact, with this sequel model, most of the games – even the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 7: Heat, Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City, N.O.V.A 3 or Real Racing 3 – would definitely run in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics – although the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 won’t perform smoothly in full graphics on this tablet.

To make it simple for you, the things to be liked from Lenovo IdeaTab K2 are: its 1080p display, its quad-core Tegra 3 processor, its 8MP camera and 1080p video recording, its 2GB of RAM, its 3G cellular connectivity, its battery life and pretty much everything on this tablet is just neat for a 10-inch media-consumption tablet.

But of course, this will go down to the price of this tablet. I mean, if Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still priced higher or around the price of iPad mini 2 (let alone iPad Air), Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or Google Nexus 10, then this Lenovo’s tablet is definitely not a good purchase given that its rivals are just way too superior in many ways than Lenovo IdeaTab K2.

Okay, to end this review, here are my answers of my previous questions above:

Yes – with Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 12-core GPU, 1080p display and a solid battery life, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is definitely a good gaming tablet, if not the best. It plays almost the latest games perfectly and smoothly - like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger, Horn (which is a great RPG!), Need for Speed Most Wanted, N.O.V.A 3, ShadowGun DeadZone and many other games.

However, for the latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 5, i’m positive these games won’t run smoothly in full graphics on this device.

Yes – despite being an ‘outdated’ tablet and in fact, its production is discontinued by the manufacturer, Lenovo IdeaTab K2 is still relevant to be positioned alongside today’s rivals like Sony Xperia Z, Google Nexus 10 or even iPad Air.

And that’s mostly because its high-resolution 1080p display, not the entire thing of this tablet of course. In terms of performance, then it's so obvious that Lenovo IdeaTab K2 definitely won't stack up against its 10-inch rivals on today's tablet market.

Yes – this tablet is definitely a worth buying tablet. It has a fast quad-core processor, a high-resolution display, a high quality 8MP camera, a solid battery life, 3G cellular support and many other things to be liked from this device.

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Lenovo has stopped the production of this tablet from long time ago.

So you’ll probably have some trouble to find this tablet lying around the tablet stores near your town.

So what do you think about this tablet?

Does my review help you figure out whether to buy this tablet or otherwise, switch to other options?

Well, if you're looking for other tablet, i recommend you other options like: Google Nexus 10, iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Xiaomi MI Pad or LG G Pad 8.3.

All of these tablets are just way more powerful than this Lenovo tablet, especially in terms of gaming performance.

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